Independence Day water marbles!!

Happy 4th!

So I attempted water marbling again. This time it was no less messy! LOL My sister who is literally good at everything she tries even the first time is just perfection… well she found a tutorial on Pinterest and sent this to me last week. Once I told her how much of a mess and how uncoordinated I felt doing this last time, she proceeds to tell me, oh it’s easy. Ha.. well…. I tried it again last night and although the tutorial was very helpful and it did work I am still uncoordinated and very clumsy so I still made a mess!

The first step which is very important to water marbling is to make sure that your water is room temperature. When I tried this before I just used tap water¬†‘at room temperature’ this time per the tutorials suggestion, I used a water bottle that had been sitting out. This tip definitely made a difference.

I had all of my bottles ready to go and open, but part of my first issue and frustration is the blue and white I wanted to use, are almost empty! ūüė¶ so this definitely made it difficult and things didn’t run as smoothly as I wanted.

I taped my fingers up once the white base had dried just as the tutorial had suggested, and started with the next steps of dripping the polish one by one until was a bullseye. Once I had the desired amount of drips and design I put my nail in. Another trick is to wiggle your pin or toothpick on the top of the water to tell once it’s dry. Once it has dried you can scrape it off the top so that once you slowly remove your nail from the water you can’t mess up the design by getting any of the residual at the top of the water on to your nail.

Once I had completed all of the steps and looked at my nails.. the red that I chose overtop my white base was too pink, it wasn’t red enough with just one coat so I was not happy. In the tutorial she had mentioned that some people do double marbles… well now I am intrigued… so I took the same three colors, and added in a shimmery red. I also put a few drops of red before moving on to the next color to brighten it a bit, once I double marbled, it came out darker and more like Red white and blue. It’s a little more abstract and there is a lot of detail going on. I had my girlfriend Gina bring in her Macro camera and lens in to work to help me take better pictures. LOL

Here is my final look

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I used Nubar’s Lustful Red, Essie’s Aruba Blue, Ulta’s Snow White, and Avon’s Super Nova.

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For the stamp nail I did two coats of Ulta’s Snow White, and used my MoYou¬†stamp. I dropped the blue¬†on one¬†firework, overlapped it a bit with lustful red on the other firework, and on the third overlapped the two with Super Nova. Once I scraped it, I used the excess on my scraper and went over it a couple of more times to blend the colors more and voila!

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Here is the link to Polish and Pearls, the tutorial that I followed. It can also be found on my Pinterest board.

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All in all, it came out a lot better than I had hoped, I still have some perfecting to do but it ran more smoothly than it did the last time I tried this.. if you can believe that based on what I explained LOL

 

So what do you think, will you try water marbling for the first time, or maybe again using this tutorial? What are your plans this weekend? Hopefully not getting stormed in like us here on the East Coast!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, if you haven’t already, ends July 16th 11A EST.

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Stamping Saturday – Memorial Day

I know.. I know.. I am very late in posting my SS look this week! :/ As I mentioned in my other post my sister is visiting, and today she came over to help me garden. I went to Lowes and got some edging rocks to match what I already have out front and some bags of dirt… well my Stepdad went with me and they dropped a brick on his truck and scratched it and¬†I felt Terrible!!! ūüė¶ My sister¬†and I planted the butterfly bush and lilac bush I picked up last weekend! I love it ūüôā I’ve also been pretty sick the last couple of weeks so I apologize for the lack of posts recently¬†. :/

 

Although Memorial Day is so much more than just the un-official start to Summer, I did some festive nails for the occasion. I painted two coats of Nina Ulta Pro’s Cobalt and then Darling Diva’s Home of the Brave. I then stamped Ulta’s Snow White using my¬†Red Angel stamp¬†RA319.

This glitter topper is so special and I saved it just for this occasion! This is one of Darling Diva’s ‘Cause’ polishes. 100% of the proceeds from this purchase goes to the DAV in her fathers honor as he is a¬†Vietnam Veteran. I absolutely love this topper and love how special it is to her, which makes it special to me. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my husband was in the Army and he went to Iraq twice.¬†I am also involved in my local American Legion where we give back to the community and give back to our Veteran and Active Duty families, those serving overseas, Homeless Veterans, Disabled Veterans, etc. like this. The polish is $10.00 and can be found here¬†

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So while you are having your BBQ’s this weekend and celebrating the un-official start to summer, please take the time to remember those who have died for our Freedom. Happy Memorial Day everyone.

Don’t forget to check out the other girls Stamping Saturdays

NOTD 137 – Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an US Federal holiday celebrated every year on the last Monday in May. It is a day to honor and remember the men and women who died that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Some people celebrate this day with barbeques and as the unofficial start to summer, but this day is so much more. My husband was in the Army and he served two tours in Iraq, my brother-in-law is in the Marines, and my brother is joining the Army. I am so proud of them and our men and women that serve. Today I will honor all of the fallen.

I am not saying not to enjoy yourselves, not to have a good time, and not to barbecue… just remember why you are able to do it, because all gave some and some gave all to protect this country.

Well guys sorry for all of the seriousness, it’s just important for me to share, not everyone knows and sometimes we forget the importance. In any event, here are my Memorial Day nails. ūüôā

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Poppies are worn to honor those who have lost their lives so I painted a poppy on my index finger.

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I used two coats of “Julep – Glenn” and topped it with “Elevation – Avalanche”. For the poppy I painted two coats of “Ulta – Snow White” then used “Julep – Glenn” to draw the poppy, I outlined it with “Shimmer – Marilyn” and put a black gem in the center.

No matter how you celebrate this Holiday, do it safely. Have a great day today!

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Day 28 Flag (Memorial Day Edition) – 31Challenge

I thought it was funny how the¬†Rainbow Day fell near St. Patty’s Day and now Flag Inspiration Day is falling near Memorial Day.

I finally used my stamps for the stars, and it’s still a bit of a¬†trial and error, but I¬†think they came out alright, for my first time. I will get better at it. For the stripes I painted my nails white and then doubled the Nail Art Tape to make a little thicker line and painted the red.

Polishes I used were “Nail-aid Peeling Nail Base Coat”, “Essie – Aruba Blue” “Milani¬†– White” and “Julep – Glenn” The Red bled a little bit because even though I used the same technique¬†as the Pattern day, the Julep formula is a little more liquidy.

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